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Top 20 Online Businesses Going Into this Decade



NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / July 21, 2020 / As we move into the next decade, we now understand the importance of technology and the use of social media and its growing presence in all industries. In order to stay on top businesses have been forced to adapt in order to survive and continue to grow. The importance of finding the correct solution for your business online will be the lifeline to the future success of your business.

To conclude, Next Wave Marketing has put together what they believe to be the Top 20 Online Businesses going into this decade. By reading this article, you will learn about some of the top key performers in their respective industries as they continue to push the ball forward into this new frontier.

Steven Ridzyowski is an entrepreneur and CEO of Ecommerce Marketing Agency. Ecommerce Marketing Agency is a full service Ecommerce Agency that specializes in turnkey shopify stores and experts in digital media buying across multiple platforms. Steven and his team are made up of ecommerce and media buying experts with over 13 years of experience. The solutions that Ecommerce Marketing Agency provides to the Marketplace are being among the top ecommerce experts, specializing in amazing web design and development, as well as impressive digital marketing and ecommerce consultancy services. One of their biggest successes as a business in 2020 was being a part of Forbes business council and for Steven, being Yahoo Finance’s top entrepreneur to follow during COVID-19. Steven Ridzyowski believes that the forecast for future success of his business is having the #1 Digital Ecommerce & True Turnkey Experience. Steven and his team are currently working towards bringing brick and mortar retail stores to have an online presence as the technology and online marketplace is only growing. Steven’s ability to constantly stay on top of trends and provide impeccable services every single time while having a great respect for people’s times is what has allowed him to run a successful business. To continue along on Steven Ridzyowski’s journey and future endeavors, click here.

Adam Reich is a driven entrepreneur who started his own company named True Credit Repair Service which is run by himself and his business partner Trevor Martin. Adam and Trevor understand that many people have made bad financial decisions in the past that have affected their credit. True Credit Repair is able to erase those past mistakes and provide their clients with top-tier funding opportunities for business or personal growth. The solutions that True Credit Repair provides to the marketplace are complete credit repairs and the ability to remove any and all negative derogatory and delinquent accounts across all 3 bureaus. Adam Reich understands that it is extremely hard to get the capital to start your own business or any venture with a bad credit score, so he wants to give each entrepreneur the chance to do so through credit repair. One of True Credit Repair’s biggest successes as a business in 2020 was partnering with top credit gurus in this space such as Shawn Sharma, Kyle Klosowski, and Umesh Agarwal. Adam Reich and his team’s success for their business comes from using unique techniques and strategies that no one else is using, being committed to their clients, and the results speak for themselves. As True Credit Repair Service expands, they expect to have enormous growth in their online client base nationwide. In the future, True Credit Repair Service is working towards expanding their offices in South Florida with a huge sales force so that they can continue to produce enormous results while servicing their clients nationwide. To follow along with Adam Reich’s journey and future endeavors, click here.

#3: Rapid Rise Media

Rapid Rise Media, founded by Mikel James, is a full service commercial branding and digital advertising agency specializing in commercial cinematography brand awareness. Rapid Rise is the best business for any entrepreneur to work with if you want to gain an extreme competitive advantage in your industry. Some of their top-tier services include Commercial Video, Lead Generation, Programmatic Advertising, Publications and Social Media Growth. Their team at Rapid Rise Media stems from the entertainment industry allowing them to redefine how entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes can advertise themselves more effectively. One of their biggest successes of 2020 as a business has been producing a commercial for Ace Watanasuparp, the SVP of Citizens Bank. The next projects Rapid Rise Media is working on is growing their partnerships into major studios, sets, designers, as well as famous actors and actresses. In the future, Rapid Rise Media will be expanding further into the real estate, mortgage, financial, fashion, and restaurant industries. To learn more about Rapid Rise Media and follow along with their future endeavors, click here.

#4: Humble Capital Consulting

Jason Humble is the CEO of Humble Capital Consulting which is a capital consulting business primarily in proprietary Pre-IPO technology. This brings solutions to the MarketPlace of vetting opportunities for investors and companies. Jason and his team take pride in bringing the best possible disruptive tech companies to private investors and also bringing qualified vetted investors to the table. Jason and many other entrepreneurs see the value of having multiple sources of income. Humble Capital Group’s mission is to provide their clients with appropriate intellectual properties and smart consulting in investment opportunities. “We want to set the highest standards that embody integrity for both parties. We are not afraid to continually challenge conventional wisdom in order to pursue growth. We believe in putting our egos to the side in order to create a winning atmosphere.” Humble Capital Consulting has become such a successful business because of their amazing relationships with clients. They have an excellent referral service because of their team’s ability to provide great services and get it right the first time. The team at Humble Capital Consulting understands the value of your time and holds themselves to a high standard. One of their biggest successes of 2020 as a business was helping thousands of clients obtain success through obtaining equity in some of the top tech companies in the world. One specific project Jason Humble and his team are currently working on as a business is working for Digital Air Technologies doing funding and consulting. This is a phenomenal disruptive opportunity with a winning team on board leading the way. Jason understands the importance of being able to adapt and execute for all of his clients while putting a high value on your time and guiding you through the process. To follow along with Jason and Humble Capital Consulting’s journey, click here.

#5: Ghost White

Chris Delgado is the Co-Founder of Ghost White which is a Home Teeth Whitening Company in the health & beauty industry. Ghost White provides communities in which they do business in, an easy at home care system at a third of the cost of their current competitors. Ghost White believes in giving people their smiles back and having them smile again. One thing to note about Ghost White as a business is that they will always reduce profit margin in every scenario in order to serve those who support their mission. When the business first started out, they sacrificed over $100k in sales to show their customers how much they care and want their services to be top-tier. Chris Delgado describes Ghost White’s community as strong and supportive and he refers to them as his Ghost Squad. The support that Ghost White shows the communities they do business in and lowering their costs of profit to support each individuals needs is what has allowed them to be a successful business. As for what is next for Ghost White as a company, they have big ambitions of being the leading oral care company for everyday people. They are working towards developing more products for the marketplace that service the entire community and their next line of products will be released in the fall of 2020. To learn more about Ghost White and follow along with their future endeavors, click here.

#6: Rising Moguls

Rising Moguls, founded by Calvin Fraser, is a business & brand of CEO’s in the industry of Network Marketing that works with a software company that has innovative pieces of technology in the Forex space which gives people affordable access along with an easier experience in the Forex markets. Calvin along with many other people has had a personal experience in Forex where he lost money or thought that it was too difficult to learn everything. This is why Rising Moguls partnered with this company to give people a better path to financial freedom in the Foreign Exchange Markets using artificial intelligence. The solutions that Calvin Fraser and his team bring to the marketplace are helping bring awareness to the problems such as a lack of income and smarter ways of obtaining alternative sources of income. Calvin is very grateful to have partnered with the right people (iMPACT –Donta Lewis & Michel Manuel ) in the industry that helped scale his business. One of Rising Moguls biggest successes in 2020 as a brand, has been creating an additional 6 figure income in a 7 week time frame with his new partnership. In only 7 weeks, thousands of people have been exposed to the technology that will change the way people trade Forex and take over the industry. As for what is next for Rising Moguls, their team is working on expanding to the demographic of young entrepreneurs coming out of high school and college, and finding a creative way to give new aspiring entrepreneurs funds towards starting their own business. To learn more and follow along on this upcoming business, click here.

#7 Fenttix Training Technology

Jose Gordo is the CEO of Fenttix Training Technology which provides consulting and comprehensive solution services to the marketplace. This is a technology business in the elearning education industry. It is Jose Gordo and his team’s global training and leadership systems that have allowed Fenttix Training Technology to be successful as a business. Jose Gordo is currently working on creating two applications that will revolutionize elearning education in third world countries. He is very passionate about giving back and helping people achieve their full potential and Fenttix Training Technology allows him to do so. One of Jose’s biggest successes with his business in 2020 has been the incorporation of his new IT team which led to them reaching over $2 million in sales in the first 90 days. Jose Gordo describes the phrase “No Work-No Money” as more than an expression that hides a great truth. It is also the title of an effective training program he created for businesses that will mentally program you to achieve any goal you aspire to. He expands by saying “Energy. Discipline. Hunger for success. Total commitment to your dreams. These are some of the highlights of this training program which you will start as a dreamer and come out as a winner.” Along with this incredible program, Jose and his team’s next project as a business is to create the first elearning academy for a low cost in 12 languages. To follow along with Jose’s journey and future endeavors, click here.

#8: Otuesday International Limited

Otuesday International Limited was founded by its current CEO, Lloyd Campbell and managed by First Union Group with its current Headquarters located in Kingston, Jamaica. Otuesday International is the first of its kind in the Caribbean serving the global travel community with cheaper travel related services to include Airline Tickets, Hotel Accommodations, Car Rentals and many more all on one platform. Otuesday International has partnered with a United States based consolidator that has global reach to bring forth some of the best travel deals across the world. Based on research, Otuesday International brings fast and affordable access to the global travel marketplace and it is not afraid of the giants in the travel space, according to its CEO, Lloyd Campbell. However, the Otuesday brand is more than just cheap hotels, cruises, and cheap airline tickets. The brand, Otuesday International puts an emphasis on lifestyle for which will be the envy of many online major travel brands. They want to disrupt the travel industry with (Youthful Exuberance) quality, energy, excitement and happiness, said the CEO, Lloyd Campbell. Data has shown that Otuesday has placed focus on Individuals and group services while providing everyone with experiences unlike any other. When it comes to planning and executing products and services around the globe, Otuesday International is extraordinary. One of their biggest successes as a business in 2020 has been immense technological advancements and enhancements to their logistics and systems that will positively impact its global clientele. The elements that have allowed Otuesday International Limited to be successful as a business has been their client focus, integrity, and respect for everyone’s time. CEO, Lloyd Campbell and his team are currently positioning Otuesday International to be listed amongst the globally recognized online travel service companies. Their main goal is working towards drastically improving access to global travel for every customer and making it a seamless process. To learn more about Otuesday International and the services they offer, click here and follow them on Instagram.

#9: Total Mortgage

Laura Bernaby is a Sr. Loan Officer and Sales Manager at the Andover Branch of Total Mortgage​ located in northern Massachusetts. Total Mortgage is a national lender in the finance industry that facilitates real estate transactions and lends directly to consumers. Laura is recognized as a industry leader and has set herself apart with the use of a full technology suite that was created by Total Mortgage to simplify the loan process. Perspective homeowners that work with Laura spend on average fewer than 10 minutes filling out an application from start to finish and most of her clients prefer to use their cell phone while applying for a home loan. As a businesswoman in 2020, Laura’s success is attributed to having a streamlined process through the use of technology and automation. The process has become so easy and user friendly; it has allowed Laura to scale her business and focus more of her time on her clients and business partners than ever before. One of Laura’s next projects ​is to build a team and expand her business to provide the best service and products to even more clients that have set out to secure the American dream of owning a home. To learn more about Total Mortgage and Laura Bernaby, click ​here​.

#10: Golf Pro USA

Golf Pro USA is a company run by Eric Stein, Emilia De Azcuenaga, and Brandon Wasoski. Golf Pro USA is an e-commerce business in the sports industry, specifically golf. The business brings solutions to the problems in your golf game with training aids that help give you the game and form you have always dreamed of. Their motto is “Say goodbye to average strokes and an average game. Be the best you can be with Golf Pro USA.” The characteristics of Eric, Emilia, Brandon, and their team that allow them to be successful are that they work so well together and all specialize in different aspects of the business, and have developed strong business relationships while focusing on the customer. One of Golf Pro USA’s biggest successes as a business in 2020 has been doing six- figures in sales only their second month after being in business. As a business, Golf Pro USA strives to always provide their customers with the best training aids on the market. Their goal is to become one of the biggest online golf brands in the world and they are currently working on scaling the brand and building a portfolio of other successful e-commerce brands to do so. To continue along with Golf Pro USA and their future endeavors, click here.

#11: Blade Marketing LLC

Zachary Kayal and Benjamin Hochheiser are Co-Founders of Blade Marketing LLC. Blade Marketing LLC is a Digital Marketing Agency that provides solutions to the marketplace ranging from social media advertising to client relations and outreach. Their diverse team of individuals provides others with the necessary tools to scale their business’s online presence to the next level and exponentially increase their sales. Blade Marketing educates their clients on utilizing social media advertising tools such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, and many more. Their business also gives clients the ability to cut through the competition by offering state of the art digital marketing services using industry-leading social media marketing techniques. Blade Marketing LLC’s main goal is to create long-lasting relationships with their clients and see success in a variety of ways. The characteristics of Zachary Kayal, Benjamin Hochheiser and their team, including Nathan Garrett, that allows them to be successful are giving their clients the utmost attention from one of their highly skilled employees, working around the clock and daily briefings to get prepared for the day, and their attention to detail. One of their biggest successes as a business in 2020 has been the growth of their incredible team which has allowed them to come together and be recognized as a potential industry-leading market company. As for what is next for Blade Marketing, their team continues to educate themselves on staying ahead of the curve and adapting to an ever-changing market. To follow along with Blade Marketing LLC and their future endeavors, click here.

#12: Antonio Edwards

Best selling author Antonio Edwards is widely acclaimed as one of the top real estate investors in the U.S flipping properties. Over the past decade, he has bought and sold over 500 pieces of real estate property using different creative strategies that allow little to no money out of pocket. Antonio and his company’s success come from massive focus, discipline, using the lessons he has learned to make him better, and always taking action towards growing his business. Antonio has helped thousands of students around the country buy and/or flip their first real estate investment property. Currently, Antonio Edwards continues to buy more cash flowing assets in addition to raising private capital for new development projects once the real estate market crashes. One of Antonio’s biggest successes in 2020 has been tripling his earnings during COVID-19 while operating a recession-proof real estate investing business model. He is constantly finding new ways to push himself, grow his business, and help others by staying on the cutting edge of changes in the market and technology. To follow along with Antonio Edwards’ journey, click here.

#13: The Home Team of Freedom Mortgage

Vice President’s Brandon Sturman and James Ustun are helping borrowers achieve their home ownership dreams at The Home Team of Freedom Mortgage which is a National Mortgage Provider. At The Home Team of Freedom Mortgage, they are committed to helping people with their mortgage needs even when other companies can’t or won’t and have embedded inclusion, diversity, and equality into every part of the process. The Home Team of Freedom Mortgage has many resources and help to deliver exceptional service to everyone who seeks their expertise. They strive to take on challenges and seize opportunities, develop the top talent in the industry and serve every customer with respect, professionalism, and integrity. In just 8 years as a business, Brandon Sturman and James Ustun who run the business grew their division to 8 branches in the New York/ New Jersey market. In the last 3 years, The Home Team has doubled in size while expanding down the east coast including PA, MD, NC, and FL with over 100 sales people and a growing operations staff. What sets their business apart from competitors is that The Home Team of Freedom Mortgage is the largest retail component within Freedom Mortgage and brings a layered infrastructure to create a loan officer concierge approach. To learn more about the business, click here.

#14: Smart Money Team

Timur Insanally is the CEO of Smart Money Team which is an Educational Trading Business in the Entrepreneurship and Finance Industry. The Smart Money Team focuses on providing the average millennial the opportunity to rewrite their generation’s history by learning how to trade in the world’s largest financial markets. They help college students and entrepreneurs become analysts of the financial market by trading currencies, commodities, and indices with their robust education that is unmatched in the trading industry. The Smart Money Team shows people how the markets are completely manipulated and how each individual can benefit from understanding that model. By having the knowledge of this model of trading, you will never have to work a job because you’ll learn how to print your own money, and you can utilize that time to venture off into different areas of life that bring you joy. Timur and his team specialize in day trading, mental conditioning, direct sales, and dropshipping. Timur Insanally‘s biggest success with his business in 2020 has been being able to help 40 traders in SMT achieve 6 figures in trading while developing such strong relationships with those people. The Smart Money Team helps entrepreneurs tap into their “creator” and the greatest version of themselves and allows them to understand that trading is a completely mental game after you develop the skill and it is all about mindset. Before Timur entered this field of entrepreneurship, he worked as a department of defense human trafficking expert to the Pentagon. As for what is next for Timur Insanally and his business, he is working towards globally expanding further to other developing countries to help them make an income online by financial education and building a home-based business. To follow along with Timur and his future endeavors, click here.

#15: Young Medical PC

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, DO is the founder of Young Medical PC, a medical practice based out of New York, NY. Dr. Lyon is traditionally trained, and Board Certified in family medicine. Before becoming a doctor, she earned her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition and emphasizes the importance of nutrition and dietary composition in medicine. Dr. Lyon completed a research/clinical fellowship in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics at Washington University in St. Louis. She has coined the term Muscle-Centric-Medicine™, which focuses on the largest endocrine organ in the body, skeletal muscle. In her current medical practice, Dr. Lyon focuses on applying valid, reliable, evidence-based medicine to her patient care and provides resources to the public via multiple social media platforms. One of Dr. Lyon’s biggest successes has been her ability to provide accessible content and education to the general public. Her ultimate goal is to change the paradigm of obesity medicine from a fat-focused model to a muscle-centric. She is growing her online platform to allow for more consumer accessibility as well as launching an online membership site. Dr. Lyon works diligently to provide the highest quality and most innovative medical care while building long-lasting relationships with her clients. To learn more about Dr. Gabrielle Lyon’s practice and her future endeavors, click here.

#16: HD Med Group

HD Med Group is an award-winning, internationally recognized medical consulting company that has focused all attention to stabilizing and growing the PPE industry. This includes medical, manufacturing, food and beverage, construction and manufacturing industries within PPE supplies. Their team of experienced experts including CEO Dallas Baldri & Co-founder Eric Foster, connect vetted buyers and suppliers of critical PPE items, and facilitate all transactions to ensure successful end results. They also work with medical practices to increase revenues, while benefiting patients, and bringing innovative technology to healthcare. HD Med Group’s services are especially needed right now because they are the premier facilitators for matching vetted buyers and suppliers on critical PPE items needed to combat Covid-19. As a global business development company, HD Med Group has done business in over 45 countries around the world and has a presence in most major markets. What sets HD Med Group apart from the competition is their leadership, values, systems, parent company network, and experience in the industry. Some of HD Med Group’s biggest successes in 2020 are developing a global corporate infrastructure in 5 continents, becoming PPE industry authorities, and they have developed the world’s first ever mobile app built for the PPE industry, which has been a huge development that will revolutionize the industry as a whole. As for what is next for HD Med Group, they are working on developing the world’s 1st PPE CRM system within their mobile app which will focus on new technology, systems, and tools that will further simplify and maximize all PPE transactions. They will continue to work with their key partners including business icon Kevin Harrington,the original shark from the hit show Shark Tank, their high level medical advisory board, and the HD Athletic Advisory Council, in order to further expand and develop within the industry. To learn more about HD Med Group and their future endeavors, click here.

#17: Isla Brook

Isla Brook is the CEO of her namesake company Isla Brook. Isla Brook is a consulting, coaching and training business for entrepreneurs. Isla Brook as a company trains the CEO of a company’s right hand person to run the everyday business activities so that the business owner can focus on being the visionary and strategist. Isla Brook trains people to become Executive (Virtual) Assistants, and their unique systems give business owners the ultimate edge to scale. The services that Isla Brook provides as a business is helping businesses save 15 hours a week and leveraging their impact, time, and income. They keep their strategies and systems simple with high impact to allow businesses to grow and scale fast. One of Isla Brook’ services is their Elite Executive (Virtual) Assistant training which ensures that every business can have the ultimate edge. Some of the companies they have worked with have recorded 10x growth within weeks of implementation. The goal of this service is to ensure that every entrepreneur can focus on their zone of genius while their business grows with ease. Isla Brook also gives scholarships each month to their Executive (Virtual) Assistant Academy to a woman in need to assist with rebuilding their life, career, and financial stability. The results and impact that this service has had on entrepreneurs and businesses has been Isla Brook‘ biggest success of 2020. The factors that have allowed Isla Brook to be such a successful business is through education, consistency, and implementing their own systems. As for what is next for Isla Brook as a business, they will be hosting more online and live events to spread their strategies and systems to impact more businesses and their teams. To follow along with Isla Brook and their future endeavors, click here.

#18: CJS

Cory Jean is the founder of CJS which is a Corporate Asset Management Company. Cory Jean Success provides the highest performance of proven solutions to both protect and revalue their clients assets. CJS lives by the simple rule that success is not an option, it is a requirement. A strong drive for constant adaptation and skill set acquisition is what has allowed CJS to be a highly successful business. One of CJS’s biggest strengths as a business in 2020 has been their ability to overcome adversity and still maintain strong growth and increased profit margins. Cory Jean and his team constantly strive to create flexible solutions for an ever changing financial landscape. As for what is next for CJS as a business, they are continuing to expand into developing asset markets. To learn more about the business, click here.

#19: Innovsoltech

Chayan Bhattacharyay founded Innovsoltech which is a Cognitive Automation software company in the software product development industry. Innovsoltech specializes in crafting innovative technology products and solutions. The company focuses on providing a Cognitive automation platform ( CAP). Innovsoltech is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. On his journey of entrepreneurship, Chayan has realized that there is a need for direct customer interaction with the service provider 24/7 and a great need for automation to save time, cost, and improve operational efficiencies and increase ROI. For these reasons, Chayan wanted to change the way people do business and serve their customers which is the reason why he developed CAP.Cognitive Automation Platform (CAP) is a product suite that comprises two components namely iRobo (RPA) and Convo.Ai (Conversational AI). The platform is a blend of cognitive RPA and advanced AI engine driven by ML , NLU and NLP. iRobo and are industry agnostic intelligent technology solutions and solve complex automation and customer interaction problems through AI and RPA across all domains and industries. Chayan and his team have been working hard to launch these services. One of Innovsoltech’s biggest successes as a business in 2020 has been building the right team and launching iRobo and to the market. Innovsoltech has launched its products recently and is actively looking to expand the market and team and are currently seeking investors to grow the business across the globe – especially in North America. Their goal is to bring access to cognitive automation to every business in this world and leave an impact on people’s lives. They are striving to do meaningful and innovative things with the resources we have to make a difference. To learn more about Innovsoltech and their future endeavors, click here.

#20: Credit Repair Beast

David Nicolas Albanese founded Credit Repair Beast which is a Credit Repair business that provides access to funding. Credit Repair Beast helps entrepreneurs repair and build credit in order to fund their dreams and get the capital it takes to start their business. It is David Nicolas Albanese’s experience and knowledge about the industry that allows him to be successful. He wouldn’t settle for knowing only the surface knowledge necessary to start his business, he wanted to be an expert in the industry to be trustworthy and credible in the industry. David forecasts future success for his business in online marketing and adapting to the ever changing technology. As for what is next for Credit Repair Beast, David and his team are working towards automating the business and making their services the best on the market. To learn more about Credit Repair Beast, click here.


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Lexington woman opens new tax agency in her hometown; Valentine’s Day events planned



TRU Tax office opens in Lexington

Sharicka Holloway Sides is planning a grand opening celebration on Jan. 30 for her recently opened TRU Tax office in Lexington.

The 2008 graduate of Lexington Senior High moved back to her hometown after a stint of living in Georgia to open her business at 364 Dixon St. The local agency opened in December.

“I moved back really because I got an offer to have my own agency, and a majority of my clients are in North Carolina,” she said. 

Shortly after high school, Sides began doing her own taxes and helping family members file their annual tax forms. She worked for various tax preparation companies in N.C. and Georgia during the next several years. TRU Tax began in Georgia, she said, and now has agencies in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio.

“I love to help people,” she said, explaining why she began working in the tax form preparation industry. “My company will be about modifying charges and getting you the most (refund) back as possible. We have so many tools to use. If I can lower your fee or help you get more refund than you did last year, I’m all for it.”

TRU Tax also has credit repair and accounting services. Sides’ Lexington office will concentrate on tax returns, however, and has 10 employees. She said she will refer clients to TRU Tax credit repair and accounting specialists if requested.

Managing a new TRU Tax agency in Lexington is not Sides’ only job. She is also working with her husband, Kevin Sides, to open Kitchen Konects, a catering company. She first opened a food catering business of the same name while living in Georgia. More information about this business venture will be given when the opening date is nearer.

Potential clients can reach Sides or her employees by downloading the My Tax Office app and using code 8925LA, or by calling or emailing (404) 721-3349 and

Pictured are charcuterie boards made by Chef John Wilson of Sophie's Cork & Ale for the Arts Davidson County New Year's Eve fundraiser. The arts nonprofit and Wilson have teamed up again to offer charcuterie boards for Valentine's Day featuring sweet treats.

Charcuterie boards are back for Valentine’s Day

Arts Davidson County is bringing back its charcuterie board fundraiser, but this time with sweets and wine for Valentine’s Day celebrations at home during the pandemic.

The nonprofit staged a New Year’s Eve charcuterie board fundraiser where it partnered with local artists to make the boards and local restaurants to create the food and sell the wine. 

“We sold 89 boards for New Year’s Eve,” said Amanda Murphy, events and community coordinator for Arts Davidson County. ” We had a few boards left that we did not sell, so we wanted to do this again for Valentine’s. People loved it.”

While the first fundraiser partnered with a Lexington and Thomasville restaurant, the Valentine event will feature the mostly homemade treats of one Lexington restaurant. Chef John Wilson of Sophie’s Cork and Ale in Lexington will fill the handmade boards with Chocolate pretzel sticks, chocolate-covered strawberries, candied pecans, crunchy peanut butter buckeyes, s’mores Girl Scout cookies, pistachio brittle and Nutella marshmallow fluff.

 In addition, Wilson has also partnered with three other Lexington eateries to provide treats. Those treats and businesses are: Chocolate bombs from The Factory – Coffee & Waffles, doughnut holes from Red Donut Shop and swiss rolls from Sinfully Delicious Custom Bakery.

Purchasers will select from six wines when purchasing their charcuterie board at The cost is $50. Boards and wine will be ready for pick up at Sophie’s Cork & Ale, located at 23 W. Second Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

“It’s important to us that we are supporting local businesses with our fundraiser,” Murphy said. “…We’re trying to say stay at home and be safe and stay healthy, but you can still support the businesses in our community.”

A Valentine dinner catered by Kathleen Watson of Cuisine Kathleen is planned for Feb. 13 at The Holt House.

Valentine date night dinners planned in small setting at Holt House

The owning partners at the Holt House have planned a Valentine dinner on Feb. 13 at the historic home in Lexington.

Nia Ward, one of three local women who purchased the home in March 2020 to operate it as a wedding and events venue, said she and her partners wanted to provide a way for people to still “go out” for Valentine’s Day but in a safe, socially-distanced way.

Timed, staggered seating will be provided for two to 10 people. Tables will be set up six feet or more apart in all the rooms on the house’s first floor. A party of six to 10 will be provided a private room. There is also an option to purchase a meal and take it home.

Kathleen Watson, owner of Cuisine Kathleen catering, is preparing the meal that features beef tenderloin, seasonal salad, potatoes au gratin, yeast rolls, flourless chocolate torte and a glass of beer or wine. The cost is $50 per person and includes a floral arrangement to take home.

Seating times from 5-7:30 can be made and tickets purchased at Guests may enjoy their private table for up to 1 hour and 45 minutes. Afterward, guests may lounge by the outdoor fire pit and patio area. 

– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch trending topics and personality profiles senior reporter and is always looking for tips about businesses and entertainment events, secret and new menu items, and interesting people in Davidson County. She wants to know what people in Davidson County are talking about. Contact me at and subscribe to us at

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How to Find a Credit Repair Company in New York



Your credit score isn’t something you tend to give too much thought to – that is, until you need to borrow money, rent an apartment, or sign a car lease wherein it may require a credit check.

Suddenly, the fact that you may have missed a bill here and there, fallen behind on payments, and not worried too much about your credit score, will come back to haunt you.

For many people, bad credit can be scary, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. Having bad credit can negatively affect you in all kinds of ways, not just right now, but also in the future. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be a permanent situation, as there are ways you can go about fixing your credit. One of the most effective methods is to work with a credit repair company that understands exactly what steps you will need to take, and how to improve your rating as smoothly and quickly as possible.

So, if you’re looking for a credit repair company in New York and aren’t even sure what you should be looking for, let this act as your guidebook. Here we’ll outline all the most important steps in finding the perfect credit repair company in New York.

Look for a Company with Experience

The first thing to look out for is a company that has credit repair experience. Fixing your credit is a serious matter and not something you want to make mistakes with. This means you need a company that has a proven track record of helping clients, and one that can show real results.

Does the Company Offer a Guarantee?

Besides experience, it’s also wise to ask if the company offers a guarantee on their services. Ideally, it should be a money back guarantee should they not be able to follow through no their promise or guarantee. In other words, they are unable to fix your credit score.

Does the Company Offer a Free Consultation or Evaluation?

It’s also important to look for a company that approaches each case or client on an individual basis. What works for one person may not be the best solution for you. Ask the company in advance if they offer any type of free consultation or evaluation. This gives you a chance to get an idea of the approach they would take, and you can then make a decision if it matches with your needs and wants.

How Long Will it Take to Fix Your Credit?

Any reputable credit repair company should be able to look at your current credit rating, your personal situation, and then give you a rough estimate on how long the process should take. Will it be weeks, months, a year? It’s important to get a realistic idea of what you can expect going forward. Some companies will even offer real-time status updates, which can give you peace of mind knowing that they are working to remedy your credit rating.

Ask What is Needed Of You

While the credit repair company will be doing all the hard work, you will still have a role to play. Make sure to ask what will be expected and needed of you in order for the process to move along smoothly.

What Is the Customer Support Like?

Because you aren’t an expert yourself when it comes to credit repair, there is no doubt you’ll have questions here and there. It’s important to research what the level of customer support is should you have concerns, issues, or questions that you need assistance with.

Inquire Into Various Plans

Here’s a tip you may not think of right away, but it may be helpful. Sometimes it’s not a matter of a credit rating for a single person, rather you need assistance as part of a couple. You can find a robust Couples Plan at Pyramid, a reputable credit repair company. The Couples Plan is actually Pyramid’s most popular plan and boasts a personalized service for two people and specific finance tools for couples, among other features and benefits. It’s a great way to take action as a couple and get some really positive results.

What Will the Company Need from You?

In order to do their job, the credit repair company will need documentation from you, so make sure you are given a list of all the essential items you need to gather. Without all the necessary documents they may not be able to successfully repair your credit score. This is why it’s so important to be keeping careful records at home.

When you do gather all the material for the company, they should also never ask you to lie. Even if it’s not a bold-faced lie, a misleading statement shouldn’t be used either.

Do You Have to Sign a Contract?

While some companies may try to rope you into a contract, there is no reason you have to go with them. Instead, look for a company that doesn’t have contracts or commitments so that you can feel free to leave if you’re not happy.

Asking for Full Payment Up-Front

Another red flag can be a company that asks for full payment up-front. As experts state, these are companies you want to steer far away from.

Read Online Reviews from Other Clients

Finally, you want to take a look at online reviews about any company you are considering using. Although online reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt, they can offer some helpful insight and help to ensure you make an informed decision.

Besides online reviews, you can speak to family and friends who may have worked with a credit repair company in the past and get their insight on the experience they had – both good and bad.

Finding the Company That Will Help You

While it may seem like a lot of things to be mindful of as you look to hire a credit repair company, the fact is that you want your credit score to be repaired quickly and properly, so choosing the right company is key.

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Mick Foley debuts new hairstyle inspired by Patrick Mahomes



WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley appears to be keeping busy with commercials for national brands.

Foley debuted a new hairstyle on Twitter while promoting State Farm insurance. As seen below, it looks like he has shaved the sides of his head to match Mahomes’ hairstyle.

Foley said he was looking for State Farm’s “Patrick price” but his son, Dewey, informed him that everyone gets the same great rate at State Farm. Check out Mick’s response in the clip below.

On a related note, Mick also recently did an ad for Lexington Law Group credit repair company so perhaps there is a future for him as a spokesman.

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